Category Archives: Fiction

9 Tips for Entering the Colorado Gold Writing Contest

The Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers writing contest is in full swing and you can enter up till June 1, 2012. Details and entry form are here. As contest co-chair this year, I’m excited to be able to participate in this … Continue reading

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Weekly Writer’s Round-Up: Week of April 1, 2012

The ten bestselling authors ever, OMG! On the Passive Voice blog. 2012 Hugo Award Nominees, from John Scalzi’s blog. Catherynne Valente on gender and the reaction to Christopher Priest’s attack on the Clarke awards. John Scalzi lays bare the ugly … Continue reading

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The Hunger Games: What Suzanne Collins Did Right

It’s been a long time since I could read a book like a reader and not like a writer. What tense is this in? Whose head are we in? How is the writer handling the backstory? And mostly, DO something. … Continue reading

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Weekly Writer’s Round-Up: Week of January 8th, 2012

On Being a Writer/Craft On agent Rachelle Gardner’s site, a wonderful post by writer Billy Coffey: Needs, Wants and Pretty Blue Pens. Writer Aimee Salter on self-editing: Seek and Destroy Word List. (via twitter.) Self-Publishing/Publishing Once again, writer Chuck Wendig … Continue reading

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Weekly Writer’s Round-Up: Week of 12/25/11

Publishing Nate Hoffelder, on The Digital Reader, giving up on defending Amazon’s business practices: Amazon Caught Bullying Suppliers (Again). (via Jackie Blem on Facebook.) Sarah Green, Harvard Business Review: Amazon Should Partner With Independent Bookstores. Writer LJ Sellers on the … Continue reading

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What Novelists Can Learn From the Oscars

I’ve recently torn apart my urban fantasy novel and tried to put it back together better, stronger, faster. The main character, our hero, had way too much support going into his final confrontation with the Big Bad. I’ve always loved … Continue reading

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The Writing Feedback I Give Over and Over Again

Whether at critique group or as a contest judge, I find myself tempted to make macros of the following tidbits I’ve learned over the years. A lot of it is familiar from other writers, and agents, editors, writing gurus and … Continue reading

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